newspoll gillard record low

  1. 37,738 Posts.
    Where's Eagle when you need him LOL?

    Not so good now my friend, and getting worse and worse.

    Sit back and wait for the backflips to start happening.

    Boat people.
    Carbon tax.
    Mining tax.
    Flood tax.
    Pink batts.
    School halls.
    Knifing Rudd.
    The list goes on....

    JULIA Gillard's personal support has crashed to a new low, putting Tony Abbott within reach of her as the preferred prime minister for the first time.

    Only one in three voters is now satisfied with the way the Prime Minister is doing her job and more than half remain dissatisfied.

    While Ms Gillard has tried desperately to promote her carbon tax and settle an asylum-seeker deal with Malaysia during the past two weeks, voter satisfaction with the way she is doing her job has slumped five percentage points to a new low for her of 30 per cent. Voter dissatisfaction with Ms Gillard was virtually unchanged on 55 per cent.

    Voters also turned off Ms Gillard when asked who would make the better prime minister, her support falling from 44 per cent to 41 per cent - also a new low for the Labor leader.

    Personal support for Ms Gillard is now similar to that of former Labor prime minister Paul Keating before he lost the 1996 election and that of former Liberal prime minister John Howard in 1998 after he announced he would introduce a GST. It is also lower than Kevin Rudd's approval rating when Ms Gillard replaced him as Prime Minister a year ago.

    Although satisfaction with the Opposition Leader also remains low - down from 37 per cent two weeks ago to 35 per cent last weekend, with dissatisfaction almost unchanged on 52 per cent - Mr Abbott is now within three points of Ms Gillard as preferred prime minister, on 38 per cent.

    According to the latest Newspoll survey, conducted exclusively for The Australian last weekend, Labor's primary voted has dropped back to its second-lowest on record at 31 per cent while the Coalition's rose two points to 46 per cent.

    Primary vote support for the Greens dropped from 14 per cent two weeks ago back to its election level of 11 per cent and support for others rose four points to 12 per cent.

    Based on preference flows at the August 2010 election, the Coalition widened its two-party-preferred lead in the past two weeks from four points to 10 - 55 per cent to Labor's 45 per cent.

    Labor's primary vote has now been in the low- to mid-30s since Ms Gillard announced in February that she would implement a carbon tax from July 1 next year.

    The Coalition's two-party-preferred support in Newspoll surveys has put it continuously in a clear election-winning lead since the beginning of April. Its primary vote has averaged 45 per cent during that time.

    The latest survey was taken during continuing negotiations to seal a deal with Malaysia - under which Australia would swap 800 asylum-seekers picked up in Australian waters for 4000 proven refugees now in camps in Malaysia - and after the release of

    the Productivity Commission's report on international carbon-reduction schemes. It found the biggest changes were with Ms Gillard's personal support. Satisfaction with Ms Gillard has now dropped 20 points since she announced the carbon tax in February, from 50 to 30 per cent and dissatisfaction has risen 11 points during the same time to 55 per cent. Ms Gillard now has a net satisfaction rating of minus 25 points, the difference between her satisfaction level and dissatisfaction level. In February, before she announced the carbon tax, Ms Gillard had a net satisfaction rating of plus 11.

    Mr Abbott's satisfaction of 35 per cent and dissatisfaction of 52 per cent is back to where he was at the beginning of April. He has a net satisfaction rating of minus 17 points.

    The drop in backing for Ms Gillard was reflected in the question of who would make the better prime minister, with her support falling from 44 to 41 per cent while Mr Abbott's support was virtually the same on 38 per cent. The decline for Ms Gillard has put Mr Abbott within three points of her as preferred minister - the closest he has ever been to her and closer than he ever was to Mr Rudd.
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